We win this weekend - we play the Cowboys
We lose this weekend (even if we finish 3rd) - We play Canberra.
Who would you rather play?
For me, two weeks ago I would of preferred to play the Cowboys over Canberra. Canberra looked unstoppable, but of late Canberra seems to have dropped off a bit. So my preference is for Canberra.
I also hope the Tiges sneak past the titans. Only for the fact that Taylor (as much as I dislike him) did not succumb to pressure and reinstate Farrah. It would validate his decision.
Shaping up for a good finals series.
The cowboys play the titans and the broncos play the roosters. The Cowboys will destroy the titans - did you watch their last game against the dogs? The dogs played amazing and lost.
So we either play the cowboys or the broncos, and given that it will be an upset if the titans win, Im picking we play the cowboys.
The Roosters beat the Broncos 3 weeks ago. I don't think the Titans will win, but if they do it could mix things up a LOT
There are a few scenarios where a Sydney double header could be played. Having Canberra, Penrith and the Tigers all playing this Sunday is a scheduling factor too.
The Storm can finish 1st or 2nd
The Sharks can finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd
The Raiders can finish 2nd or 3rd, and can not play Friday night
The Cowboys can finish 4th, 5th or 6th
The Broncos can finish 4th, 5th 6th or 7th
The Bulldogs can finish 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th
The Panthers can finish 5th, 6th or 7th and can not play Friday night
The Titans can finish 8th.
The Tigers can finish 8th and can not play Friday night
Any scenario which has both Cronulla and either the Bulldogs or Panthers playing a home semi, will possibly result in a double header on Saturday night. The main issue with that is that if we finish first and the Tigers happen to squeak in, neither of the 2v3 or the 5v8 games could be played on Friday night. That would kill the double header for us ... but there could still be the possibility of BOTH the Panthers and Bulldogs getting home semis (Panthers would need to make up 40 points of F/A on Brisbane), in which case you might see a double header featuring the bottom 4 teams, and whoever isn't playing Canberra would play Friday night.
Should be a fun weekend to watch everything unfold. I'd like to see it pan out like this, and I'm sure the NRL would too (Sydney double header and an out of town game on each of Friday night and Sunday). I don't really care who we play - I'd just like us to finish on top and/or have a home semi. The below is just how I'd like to see the rest of the teams match up in week 1.
- Sharks beat Storm
- Broncos lose by a lot
- Panthers win by a lot
- Titans beat the Cowboys